Is it really necessary?

Topaz - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 50 moms have responded )

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Is it really necessary to wash my daughters clothes seperate from ours? I would really like to cut my washing time in half AND quit buying the expensive baby detergent!

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Bethany - posted on 08/22/2009

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I just use the cheapest brand of unscented, dye-free, bleach-free detergent and add a little baking soda, which helps thoroughly clean everything and removes any toxins leftover from other detergents. I've always washed all our clothes together. :)



Also, I would never use dryer sheets or fabric softener on baby clothes. We don't ever use them because of all the chemicals that leech into the clothes and onto your skin. If you want to soften the fabric, try adding a little white vinegar to the rinse cycle during the wash. Only if you use a dryer, though. Most of the vinegar smell rinses off in the washer, but any scent leftover evaporates in the dryer.

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best thing you can do is try it...just like you would see if they are allergic to different foods, try it and find out!!

Kathryn - posted on 08/25/2009

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i was all of my clothes together with my daughters and we have not had any problems and i have sensitive skin

Carrie - posted on 08/25/2009

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if she doesnt get irritated skin from being on your clothes then it wouldnt be a problem to wach them together i do it, as long as they dont get a rash you're good to go

Maggie - posted on 08/25/2009

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The only reason I wash my clothes seprate from the baby clothes is so I cut the extra step of seperating them. But I have to 2 little babies so its twice as much clothes and always have a full load. Really... stop buying the expensive baby detergent. I never used it and my kids don't have any reactions from the stuff we use.

Sandra - posted on 08/24/2009

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My daughter has sensitive skin just like me. My mom bought the biggest bottle of Deft so I am using that until it's gone. My daughter is now six months old and I'm still not through it yet! Once that is gone I plan on using the same regular stuff we use. I figure if my skin doesn't react then her's won't either.

Tessa - posted on 08/24/2009

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Unless there is enough for a seperate load each then I do Lilys cloaths with mine, i just soak them in nappy san overnight first. they are still in perfect condition so I dont see why not!

Cathi - posted on 08/24/2009

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Put one piece of clothing in with yours, if she has no reaction ur good to go! It's only necessary to use baby stuff if she is sensitive to the usual stuff.

Jackie - posted on 08/24/2009

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Whats important is that you do NOT use fabric softener or dryer sheets. The chemicals in both actually remove the fire resistance from the babys clothing.

Jessica - posted on 08/24/2009

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I started out with a natural detergent but i only used one bottle and just started washing my sons with ours.I think its ok as long as your baby dont show any reaction to it.some babies can be really sensitive, but if you hold your baby against ur clothes alot whats the difference?

Louise - posted on 08/24/2009

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I do seperate washes only because there is so many clothes but use the same detergent on hers as our own.

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I just buy the free and clear stuff and wash everything with it. Just abotu every major brand now has one (Tide, etc.) and they're not any more expensive. Better for your skin too!

Tina - posted on 08/23/2009

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Yeah me too!! I cut the recommended measurement in half and wash all our clothes together.

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Unless they have allergies to normal soap there is no need to wash separately, we have water restrictions in Melbourne Australia so separate washing would be wasting water, and besides you don't need the extra work with a little one.

Kelsey - posted on 08/23/2009

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I was using Ivroy baby soap then I was staying at my moms house and didn't have any so I used sunlight and it was fine... my advice would be to try a small load and have you child wear those clothes exclusivly for a few days and check for rashes or skin sencitivity. Remember alergies and sencitivities don't always develop the first time they incounter something new it may take a few days to be sure- that's why we have the 4 day rule when introducing new foods

Ashlee - posted on 08/23/2009

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we use purex baby laundry soap it is cheaper than tide or what-ever so we use it on all of our clothes. We also use unscented dryer sheets. I usually wash his clothes separately (especially his lights he has a lot) I have thrown his darks with ours as long as its not his dads work clothes. We just figured that if you are "supposed to" wash baby stuff in "special" soaps then why not your own does baby not come in contact with your clothing as well. Like I said for the load amount/price it the similar or cheaper than any of the other brands we've seen. Also we buy the baby purex because the unscented soaps have a bad scent
Whatever you do your baby will more than likely be ok if they haven't reacted to your clothing then it is probably ok

Cassondra - posted on 08/23/2009

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i wash both my kids clothes in with our whites. but we dont use any specail detergent. i do it this way so when i hang clothes out on the line i dont have to hang theirs out. that way i have more room for my husband's and mine.

Lindsey - posted on 08/23/2009

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i usually wash my babys clothes seperately when i have enough for a whole load..but with the same detergent only bc they seem to me to be more delicate..but i do wash them with mine sometimes .but i never used different detergent bc the dreft is like 10 bucks for a tiny little container and there is a lot more imporant things i could b buying.....

Kia - posted on 08/23/2009

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As long as your daughter doesn't have sensitive skin it will be okay to wash her clothes with yours. I am a nurse in a neontal ICU and we use TIDE to wash our babies clothes and none of them have ever had a problem.

Topaz - posted on 08/23/2009

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thanks ladies! i'm going to try and wash them all together now and watch for any breakouts with her!

Miranda - posted on 08/22/2009

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I would check and make sure your baby is not allergic to regular soap befor you start washing his/hers colthes with regular soap. If you can't do it Purex makes a baby soap that is scented and is about 3 or 4 dollars as opposed to Dreft which is I think $10.

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My boys never had a problem with just regular Tide....just keep and eye out for any kind of reactions.

Kassie - posted on 08/22/2009

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well i used to do that all the way up till my son was one. then i discovered that he didn't need the dreft. he doesn't have sensitive skin. so now i was all clothes together.

Sarah - posted on 08/22/2009

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you could use All free and clear and not worry about it ive been washing baby clothes and the only reason i have done it seperately is because i have to get stains out but im sure there is no reason to worry about it

Brenda - posted on 08/22/2009

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Nope. Baby detergents are expensive versions that have no dyes and fragrances. Most babies aren't sensitve to either one usually, and unless you notice rashes or redness, there isn't any purpose. The regular detergents that are "free" are the same thing anyway. I wash clothes together, except for the hubby's work clothes, but he works in a tire and lube place.

Sarah - posted on 08/22/2009

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we always wash them together .. usually use fairy washing powder as its ideal for sensitive babys skin.

but sometimes we just use our usual bold as the fairys a bit more expensive .. have to be careful though as it can be a bit harsher on their skin.

Jackie - posted on 08/22/2009

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I refused to buy that expensive detergent. I was all of ours together but I buy regular brand detergrent that is "free"...free of perfumes and dyes. It still gets the clothes completely cleanm, there just isn't that flowery fresh smell.

Jessica - posted on 08/22/2009

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I wash my daughter's clothes separate but only because we each have a laundry basket and I wash when the basket's full. It makes it easier to fold and put away but I don't use different laundy soap. I use Sunlight and have never had a problem.

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I think it matters the age because if they are still young the skin is very sensitive to most things.like my little baby is ten i mix her clothes with her older sisters and all is fine i have enough time for myself

Kellie - posted on 08/21/2009

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Only reason to ever wash them seperate is if your baby is sensitive to the detergent you use...no need to cause a mom anymore work then she already has:)

Isabela - posted on 08/21/2009

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Yeah I get gain or tide with no dyes, it's okay for the baby and it doesn't cost a fortune

Caitlyn - posted on 08/21/2009

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I recommend, if you're going to wash them together, to either buy the generic version of the infant detergent, or to purchase a dye-free, fragrance-free detergent. To give the clothes a nicer scent, I'll toss in a scented dryer sheet because they're not strong enough to leave any kind of residue on the clothes that would irritate baby's skin.

Toni - posted on 08/21/2009

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i do wash ours seperatly from our sons because my bf is a smoker- and my doctor said that all the toxins are still in your clothes after you smoke- im not sure whhy i think it could transfer over to his clothes in the wash but lol i keep em seperate either way. but ive never bought another detergent for my babys clothes- i was told its just a marketing ploy and not nessecary.

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I wash all of our clothes with a detergent with no dyes or scents, but that is because I have eczema. My son has never had any problems or rashes or anything because of the clothes. I also use unscented dryer sheets instead of fabric softener. That's just me though. I don't think you NEED to buy special baby detergent unless your baby has a reaction to regular soap.

Stephanie - posted on 08/21/2009

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i was her's separate because its easier to fold and put way when its all in one basket.. but i've always used all free and clear and never had a problem

Nancy - posted on 08/21/2009

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I wash my sons clothes seperate from mine....Nd i use the dreft....I use the dreft because although the adult detergent may not cause a problem when the baby is young you may not want them exposed to the harshness of the adult stuff...But i dont think you have to do them seperate but i suggest for at least the first 10 months to a year. If you do use the adult stuff be sure your child does not have sensitive skin nd try not to use harsh detergents...ALL is not a harsh detergent

Jackie - posted on 08/21/2009

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I never bought the baby detergent. I used the same as we use since we use the one that is free of perfumes and dyes. The baby detergent does actually have perfumes in it. I knew my daughter would probably have sensitive skin like me so i figured the one that i use would be fine and we haven't had any problems and she's 10 months now. I do most of her laundry separate, but mostly cause it easy to do in just one load. Her darks i wash with our clothes.

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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I would only worry about it if the detergent that you use on your cloths gives your daughter a rash or irritation. Otherwise I would say go for it and cut your laundry time down!!!!

Rebecca - posted on 08/21/2009

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No it isn't!! I wash all our clothes in together and have for all my babies, with the exception of their first couple of weeks (and even then you can - I just didn't).

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I would recommend buying Tide. It has the exact!!! same ingredients as Dreft, but Dreft has a 'pretty baby smell' to it. Honestly. I do however wash my kids clothes and ours in two different loads. The only thing I do different is use less detergent on their clothes! You will realize very quickly if she has an allergy to it, so all you can do it try!

Keela - posted on 08/20/2009

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Ive never washed them alone. I wash everything together with Tide Free, Clorox 2,and downy every time. I have never had any problems.

Lynlee - posted on 08/20/2009

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we started doing this when our son was a baby and washing in warm like they recommend but then realised it is not necessary. We use a natural plant based powder for all our clothes using cold water and only wash the nappies separately.

Kim - posted on 08/20/2009

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No, you don't have to wash them separately. I washed them separately with my first child and used dreft, but my second child had eczema and wasn't able to use dreft bc it made him break out. My sons dermatologist recommended that we use cheer free and gentle and to use downy free and clear, both are hypoallergenic and non-scented. I was my babies close and our clothes together.

Candice - posted on 08/20/2009

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there are no name versions of baby detergent...i use it for all my clothes. as long as it's dye free and all that good stuff, you don' thave to buy "IVORY" specifically.

Jessica - posted on 08/20/2009

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i wash my baby's clothes with ours and i use tide. never had any problems. i think the only time its necessary is if your baby is sensitive to the detergent or allergic.

Maci - posted on 08/20/2009

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My mom and I both wash my daughters in tide with downy. I was using the baby detergent at first then mom told me it was ok to use tide. My friend also uses the same detergent as they use for their child. And their perfectly fine :) Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 08/20/2009

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I haven't ever used a different detergent on my kids clothes and they've never had any problems.

Ashley - posted on 08/20/2009

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i usually wash my daughters seperatly just because we have so many clothes but i have washed them together and we just use the tide with no dyes or fragrances and its better than the strong smelling baby soap! so i say go ahead!

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